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Lahore receives heavy showers as Met Office warns of urban, flash floods

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Lahore continued to receive heavy rainfall on Saturday while the Met Office warned of urban and flash floods in Punjab’s provincial capital and other areas.

According to rainfall figures shared by Lahore’s Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) late in the morning, maximum rainfall in the city on the day was recorded in Gulshan-i-Ravi’s at 155mm, followed by 146mm in Pani Wala Talab, 109mm in Qurtaba Chowk, 104mm in Nishtar Town Director’s Office, 101mm in Lakshmi Chowk, 96mm in Johar Town SDO office, 80mm in Tajpura SDO office, 52mm in Iqbal Town SDO office, 44mm in Samanabad SDO office, 40mm in Upper Mall and Mughalpura SDO office, 35mm in Gulberg, 30mm at Jail Road, 27mm in Farrukhabad, 24mm at Nakhuda Chowk and 16.55mm in the airport area.

Lahore Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa said despite the rain, Muharram procession routes were clear and security, rescue and municipal staff were deployed as well.

Meanwhile, the PMD warned of urban flooding in the low-lying areas of Lahore, as well as flash flooding in the city’s nullahs.

“Heavy rains may cause urban flooding in low-lying areas and flash flooding in local nullahs of Peshawar, Mardan, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Kurram, Laki Marwat, Karak, Waziristan, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Khushab, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Sargodha, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Narowal, Sialkot, Lahore, Kasur, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Sahiwal on July 29,” the forecast said.

It added that heavy rains may also cause flash flooding in the local nullahs of Dera Ghazi Khan and northeast Balochistan on July 29.

According to the forecast, monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea have been penetrating the upper parts of the country and a westerly wave is present in the central and upper regions.

Consequently, rain-wind/thundershowers were expected at scattered places in Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northeast Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, the forecast said.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said flooding was expected in the tributaries of the Kabul River and Dera Ghazi Khan’s hill torrents from July 27 to 30.

Due to the confluence of flows at Taunsa and Panjand, Guddu Barrage may see a high flood on July 30 and Sukkur Barrage on July 31, the NDMA added.

It also warned of a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood in GB’s mountain valleys due to increased flow in its rivers and streams.

emergency was declared yesterday as it continued to grapple with inundating rain.

A statement from Balochistan’s Provincial Disaster Management Authority said today that traffic was still suspended on major roads of the province, including the highway linking the province to Sindh.

The PDMA said that restoration work was under way on the Sukkur-Quetta N-65 Highway at the Pinjra Bridge’s spot.



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